I have finished the 4th Christmas quilt and started working on the 5th (last) one for my Christmas quota. :)
I quilted Cameron's quilt with the Matrix. I quilted pretty far apart. About 4 in. It's going to be very cuddly;)
The last one is for my son, Drew who also likes blue. This one will be HST's again, but very different.
I got a new ruler to assist in trimming HST's and I have to say I love it!
I know my posts and comments have been scarce. But I am concentrating on "making" at the moment. So I apologies. Also, posting from my iPhone with iPhone. Not sure how that's gonna work out. I'll get better pictures of Cameron's quilt later.
I'm linking up with Leah Day's quilt along Wednesday's.
Now, off to bed:)
Monday, November 19, 2012
So I got home and got doctored up. I was determined to get this pieced together.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Upon posting these picks I just realized I mixed 2 of my squares up! The orange at the top of this photo with the light pink directly under it. DANGIT! I thought I was being so careful! Oh, well, these things happen;)
Sunday, November 11, 2012
I was so surprised at how long it has taken me! Either I am slow, or, this is a much more tedious process than I anticipated!
Here I am at the end stitching my last row of blocks together. I won! (the wrestling match)
I was planning on giving this quilt to my other step-daughter Moriah for Christmas. I may switch the plan and give this one to my daughter Ashley, and the Greek Cross quilt to Moriah. Honestly, I love how this quilt is turning out. I'm not sure if I can bear it to leave my house. If I had time, I'd just make another one and keep it for myself. I'm very attached to it. Maybe because I have put my heart and soul into it learning all of these great FMQ designs that Leah Day has taught us. That's why I have dubbed it The Learning Quilt.
Even though there are challenges with the QAYG method, please don't let that discourage you from trying it. I quite enjoyed the process. Just don't be fooled into thinking you are going to whip one up in a couple of hours!
I'm linking up with Leah Day:)
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
I'm working on my color layout for my FMQ sampler quilt. Here is the first layout.
To hide this I thought maybe If I put the color families on the diagonal??
In the meantime, i finished my binding with little of 2yrds of fabric to spare! I had 4 triangles left! Whew, talk about cutting it close! I had no idea that QAYG binding would take so much fabric! I used about 50 in on the binding strips used to piece the squares and rows together, and all I had was 20in left for the actual binding! I found a formula for figuring out how much fabric you will need for binding. You figure out the square root of your total perimeter of your quilt, plus 10in. This formula is for bias binding, and it also depends how you cut it. I use the envelope method, so I would suggest to add 20in to the calculation. Anyhoo, thats all for now!
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Swirling water is the design I decided to use on my last block.This is one of Leah Day's 365 designs. Not to bad, although I need a little practice on swirls...**hint hint, Leah**
My binding strips are all cut and almost ready to sew. I still have to iron the 1 1/2 in strips in half. So, do you all think I am crazy for picking out this fabric vs. black? I'm still holding my breath as to whether it will look good or not. I just have a feeling I will like it.
Each square is cut down to 12 1/2 in. So, that would make my finished quilt 62.5x62.5. That is a little short in my book, unless you are a kid. I'm not particularly tall, but I find the standard lap quilt, 50x60in., a little to short to comfortably stretch my legs out for a nap. So, I made the decision to make another row. Plus, I eliminated a couple of my squares I was not happy with and made new ones. Here is what I have so far.
Now is the decision on what fabric to use to bind it all together. Originally I was going to go with black. It would go nicely with all of the different colors. Kinda boring though. I was thinking a small print would be nice. Then I remembered I had bought a couple of yards of this Jay McCarroll Habitat print.
I ordered Leah's Craftsy class! I had it running last night as I was quilting my squares. I know that I can't pay to close attention while I am sewing, but I swear, it was like we were sewing together. Besides, it is my class forever, now and I can re-watch it whenever I want! And there is something to be said about the subconscious. Even though I wasn't watching intently, I was listening;) The pebbling video came in handy when I went to do the pebbling quilt square above. I haven't done to much of that design. I had a LOT of trouble with this design. My quilt kept puckering on the back! See...
* I had great time sewing with you last night, Leah;) Seriously, your Craftsy class is totally AWESOME. You give great attention to detail. You really ARE a great teacher! If it weren't for you, I don't know that I'd be quilting at this level today, if at all. I always wanted to quilt since I can remember. It was not until I found you on YouTube a little over a year ago that you gave me the confidence and skills to do what I have always wanted to. I thank you for that.
I'm linking up with Leah Day today for UFO Sunday's.
Now I am off to the sewing room............bye;)